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Giving students iPads and eliminating textbooks in high school
On the Mar 23, 2012 PRI news broadcast of Here & Now the second story concerned interviews with the principal and one of the teachers at a Burlington, Massachusets high school. The principal has stopped buying textbooks and issued iPads to all students. Teachers are re-thinking how they provide students with instruction in courses as diverse as history and mathematics. Learning is directed by teachers but students are working in project-based learning activities that use the iPads. Click the link to download the podcast. The story begins at the 5:00 minute mark and ends at 20:00 minutes. http://public.npr.org/anon.npr-podcasts/podcast/330/510051/149232646/WBUR_149232646.mp3?dl=1

**Districts Tackle Questions Surrounding BYOT Policy**
"Bring your own technology" efforts have schools struggling to set rules for the use of student-owned computing devices for learning.

Smartphones Present Growing Security Problems on Campus, Report Says - chronicle.com
As technology advances, so do the threats posed to its users and their devices. One growing area of concern for colleges, highlighted in a report released today by the Georgia Tech Information Security Center and the Georgia...

Iowa's Buena Vista U Rolls Out iPad Pilot
Buena Vista University will be experimenting with Apple iPads during the spring 2011 semester. The university, located in Storm Lake, IA, has about 1,100 students. The iPad pilot program is a part of an ongoing research project to evaluate the use of e-readers to support student learning. More
UCLA Nursing Students Add iPods to Training
Nursing students at the University of California, Los Angeles have added a new ritual to their move out of preclinical studies and into clinical health sciences. Traditionally, the students in the UCLA School of Nursing are donned in white coats as part of a transition ceremony. But the event in December 2010 added a new high-tech touch. Each also received an iPod touch. More

Kno Tablets Begin Rolling Out to Faculty, Students
Kno is shipping its highly anticipated tablets designed specifically for higher education. The units come in 14.1-inch single- and dual-touchscreen formats and are purpose-built for education, incorporating an e-textbook reader, notetaking and collaboration features, and a range of open technologies for general computing. More

iPad Pilots at U Houston and CDI College Take Off
iPad pilots are permeating higher education. Two of the latest announcements involve institutions in Texas and Canada, both of which are running tests projects that put the Apple tablet devices into the hands of their students. More

Laptops All Around! Now What?
So you've decided to give tablets and laptops to all your students and faculty. Now how do you support that? Pennsylvania's Seton Hill University backs up its newly expanded mobile computing program, now consisting of both Apple MacBook Pros and iPads for students and faculty, with a robust support structure modeled after AppleCare. More



Smart Phone Adoption Growing Faster Than ExpectedIn the wake of a recent downgrade to its worldwide PC forecast, market research firm International Data Corp. (IDC) this week significantly upgraded its forecast for converged mobile devices, also known as smart phones. The company also forecast dramatically increased market share for Android and Windows Mobile at the expense of both Symbian and Apple's iOS. More
iPad Pilot Launches in Texas University MBA ProgramThe University of the Incarnate Word is running an Apple iPad pilot at its San Antonio campus this fall. The university's School of Business and Administration is trying out the tablet devices in an international business course for students pursuing their master's degrees in business. More
Tapping the Sun To Recharge DevicesA photovoltaic company has introduced a new line of portable solar chargers for handheld electronics. More
Report: E-Readers, LMS Driving Growth in Higher Ed Mobile LearningAlthough it's still a small segment of the overall ed tech market in the United States, mobile learning is growing in colleges and universities. According to new data released by market research firm Ambient Insight this week, that growth is projected to be in the double digits in terms of dollar expenditures through 2014, driven by e-readers and mobile versions of learning management systems. More
iPod Touch Adds Video Calling, HD Recording
Apple has debuted a new version of the iPod touch. The popular consumer handheld device, set t sip next week, has been upgraded with HD video recording and a front-facing camera for making video calls over WiFi. More

Monterey College of Law Pilots iPad Programs for Students and FacultyAs the centerpiece of a new mobile computing initiative, Monterey College of Law in California is distributing Apple iPads to all students enrolled in a supplemental curriculum program that helps them prepare for the state's bar exam. All entering first-year students signed up for the program within the first week, as did 70 percent of the remainder of the student body. More
Report: E-Readers, LMS Driving Growth in Higher Ed Mobile LearningAlthough it's still a small segment of the overall ed tech market in the United States, mobile learning is growing in colleges and universities. According to new data released by market research firm Ambient Insight this week, that growth is projected to be in the double digits in terms of dollar expenditures through 2014, driven by e-readers and mobile versions of learning management systems. More
Monterey College of Law Pilots iPad Programs for Students and FacultyAs the centerpiece of a new mobile computing initiative, Monterey College of Law in California is distributing Apple iPads to all students enrolled in a supplemental curriculum program that helps them prepare for the state's bar exam. All entering first-year students signed up for the program within the first week, as did 70 percent of the remainder of the student body. More
iPad and e-textbooks in higher education. Do electronic textbooks match how we learn? USA Today, August 10, 2010.http://www.usatoday.com/news/education/2010-08-10-ebooklearning10_CV_N.htm
The Device Versus the Book
Electronic readers may be ushering in a watershed moment in personal reading, with the Amazon Kindle, Sony Reader, and Barnes & Noble Nook duking it out for market dominance. But how do these contenders fare in the academic marketplace? More

CIO Predicament: What To Do About the iPad
There seem to be two camps when it comes to supporting Apple's iPad on campus: those rushing to adopt the device on a massive scale and those who want nothing to do with it. Timothy M. Chester, CIO and vice provost for academic administration at Pepperdine University, suggests a third possible approach, one that may benefit to students without cutting into limited resources. More

Rutgers Outfitting Executive Program Students with Apple iPad
Students in an executive certificate program at Rutgers in Piscataway, NJ this summer will be spiffed with an Apple iPad tablet that includes pre-loaded program materials. More

iPad Users Face Blockout on Princeton Network
For a short period during April, Princeton University set a policy recommending that Apple iPad users not connect to the campus wireless network on threat of having their devices banned. The policy was put in place shortly after iPads began turning up on campus at the beginning of April and experienced problems accessing the network. More

iPad Development Surges Ahead
The release of the iPad has been hyped like no product since, well, the last new Apple gadget, the industry-transforming iPhone. More

Pioneering Mobile LearningMidway through its second year, Abilene Christian University's mobile learning initiative expands to include classroom management and blogging, with mobile podcasting on the way. More